Season 1 Episode 11

My Own Personal Jesus

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Dec 11, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

It's Christmas, and even though J.D. and the others don't really feel like celebrating, Turk makes a huge deal about it. But his faith and happiness are gone after a very busy night at the hospital. Dr. Cox has J.D. videotape the birth of the child of one of his friends.moreless

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  • Faith.

    I don't know if it was the "Christmas" essence of this episode, or just the plot. But this episode was just okay for me. Other than the heartfelt moment in the end, where everyone's together. Everything else was just okay. Cox's ex-wife, Jordan returns. I really like her character and I'm glad she came back. I love that whole "Not buying it" scene. JD isn't in the Christmas spirit when Cox assigns him to film his old friend's birth. Elliot gets offended by Kelso's remark about her ending up in something related to women as a career in life. So he tells someone who just found out she was pregnant that babies weren't her thing. Ensuing her to leave. When Elliot finds out something else is wrong with her, she starts feeling bad and looks for her. Turk is the happiest and is the most cheerful one of all. Until Christmas Eve rolls around, and he loses faith because of all the patients he had. Everyone seeks to help Turk, including Carla, but he just shuts everybody out. Of course, a miracle happens: Turk ends up saving the pregnant girl. Biblical allusion and some cheesy scenes to end the episode. I think Scrubs is better off if they don't focus too much on the holiday aspect of the episode for now on. It's better off that way. Decent episode.moreless
  • The first Scrubs Christmas episode.

    I really, really like this episode! And for me that's something 'special', because i usually don't like Christmas Episodes. I also usually don't enjoy God and Christian Themes and would have never figured Turk to be a religious person. Yet, the episode was cleverly plotted and very well written, which made it enjoyable even for me. The 'patient' storylines in this Episode were very good as well. But i didn't enjoy the 'main' one (pregant girl) as much as the others. The ending was just a little bit too cheesy and over the top, like a typical Christmas Episode/Movie. The Turk thing was also a little bit to much, but i really liked their parody of '12 days of Christmas'. The Janitor was hilarious in this as well!!

    This was probably the episode were a started shipping Jordan and Perry.moreless
  • this is the first christmas episode of the show

    This episode was insightful and the second appearance of the sad piano melody that plays in JD's head. I believed that the faith themes where excellent but did find it a bit out of character on the writer's part to have Turk mysteriously find this women despite it being a "christmas miracle". I suppose that was the point, showing people to have faith but i still cannot see someone running in one direction to find somebody because of a star in the sky.

    However i did enjoy the parody of the 12 days of christmas and how Turk acted throughout the episode.moreless
  • Fine example

    I love this episode so much. It starts as a Scrubs milestone as being the first holiday episode as well as one of the best and most heartfelt episodes of the season.

    The episode starts with the crazy antics of the Janitor messing with JD (just after his daydream about Nurse Tildale ala Fast Times and Ridgemont High) while Turk rallies around the belief of miracles during the holidays. No one seems to get into the spirit and soon after Turk begins to lose faith in humanity because of the lies and hurt he witnessed on Christmas eve. Elsewhere, Elliot is serving at the free clinic and gives an expectant mother some iffy advice. The mother dissapears and leaves the cast wondering where she would go and if she is ok. In the end Turk gets a strange feeling and stumbles upon the whereabouts of the girl. He delivers the baby and everyone is united at the scene of Turks 'miracle' as the mother and baby are saved.moreless
  • It's Christmastime at Sacred Heart, and Turk's the only one who feels like celebrating - but all that changes after a busy night on call; Cox has JD videotape the birth of the son of one of his friends and Elliot loses a pregnant patient.moreless

    A fine example and a good, funny episode, I think. I think this was a really good episode with not that much room for improvement. It was funny how Elliot 'lost' her pregnant patient, Meredith, and the Sacred Heart version of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' was hilarious! A good, funny episode, one of the better ones, I think. I also liked how it Jordan Sullivan appeared again in this episode. I don't know what will happen with Cox and Jordan, because at the end of this episode it appeared that they were happy and back together, but I don't know. A very good episode.moreless
Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Paul Connor

Paul Connor


Guest Star

Granger Green

Granger Green


Guest Star

Cathy Herd

Cathy Herd

Mrs. Wheeler

Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn


Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In this episode, Dr. Kelso tells Elliot that one day she will be a private practice doctor, and Elliot denies it. But later on in the series, she actually becomes a private practice doctor.

    • This episode shows the first out of two appearances by the famous Nurse Tisdale, described as the hottest woman in the hosital. Her second appearance is in season four, Episode 13: "My Ocardial Infarction".

    • In this episode, Dr. Cox doesn't call J.D. any Dog Name. He's very profusive with the Girl Names, though.

    • In J.D.'s fantasy about Turk being a shepherd, if you watch carefully the two women of the choir right behind him keep waving to the camera until they start singing.

    • According to actor Zach Braff (JD) in the 'Happy Days' fantasy seen, he was very hung over. You will clearly notice this if you watch that sequence again.

    • Featured Music:
      "Moving in Stereo" by The Cars
      "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets
      A Parody of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
      "Sinnerman" by Nina Simone
      "Deck the Halls" Arranged by Jan Stevens

    • Twelve Days Of Christmas: Sacred Heart Version:
      On the first day of Christmas
      My true love gave to me
      A drunk who drove into a tree

      On the second day of Christmas
      My true love gave to me
      Two shattered skulls
      And a drunk who drove into a tree...

      Twelve beaten children
      Eleven drive-by shootings
      Ten frozen homeless
      Nine amputations
      Eight burn victims
      Seven strangled shoppers
      Six random knifings
      Five suicides
      Four beaten wives
      Three O.D.'s
      Two shattered skulls
      And a drunk who drove into a tree

    • J.D.'s Girl Names: Judy, Marjorie and Sally.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Turk: Merry Christmas, guys.
      J.D.: God bless us, everyone.
      Turk: Dude, you could not be a bigger dork.
      Elliot: You're so lame.
      Carla: That was so cheesy.
      J.D.: Really? 'Cause I felt like it was-it was right?

    • Jordan: Do you think I'm a moron?
      Dr. Cox: Newbie!! Don't answer that question! It's a trick, that's a trick!
      Jordan: Oh, prenatal lice? You do realize that would be lice in the womb!
      Dr. Cox: Oh, I've seen 'em. They're real. And they're gross!

    • Turk: I don't get it. Why are we on the roof?
      Carla: I just wanted to show you that, no matter how ugly things can get down there, there's still a lot of beauty up here.
      Turk: Is that gum...or pigeon crap on my shoe?
      Carla: Come on, look around! There's nobody one can see us...we could do whatever we wanted...
      Turk: Like what?
      Carla: Okay, how are you not getting this?

    • Dr. Kelso: Dr. Reid? Isn't this your day off?
      Elliot: Actually, it's that pregnant girl I was telling you about.
      Dr. Kelso: Oh, right! The one who went missing. And now you're here, voluntarily, hell-bent on finding one of your little lost ducklings.
      Elliot: Dr. Kelso, I think it's important you understand something: I'm not interested in babies - I don't coo when I'm around them, I don't melt when I see them, I don't have some yearning to make them my life's work - I'm a doctor who's interested in my patients - male or female - and right now one of them needs help.
      Dr. Kelso: God! Do I know women.

    • Jordan: Oh, what a gorgeous head of hair!
      Jackie: That's funny - he was completely bald when he was in here a few minutes ago.
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, well...
      J.D.: We shaved the baby.
      Jordan: You shaved the baby?
      J.D.: Shaved it...
      Dr. Cox: Well, it's standard procedure, what with the recent outbreak of prenatal lice.
      J.D.: Yep, definitely. Shave and a haircut... two bits.

    • J.D.: I can't believe I'm wearing a suit at 6:30 in the morning.
      Carla: If you ruin this for Turk, I'll have to hurt you.
      J.D.: Noted.

    • J.D.: Oh, look at the baby!
      Obstetrician: It's a bouncing baby boy! Yet another soldier in the fight against communism!

    • J.D.: What do you hate most about the holidays?
      Carla: Wrapping presents. You?
      J.D.: My family.

    • Dr. Cox: I'm assuming, since you already went ahead and took everything else, that you're here for my self respect - but there's bad news on that one, sweet-cheeks: I already gave it to your mom when she begged me to marry ya!
      Jordan: Oh, I wouldn't have room for it, anyway, what with your testicles in my trophy case.
      Dr. Cox: Holy cow. Who's better? I-you got me by the short hairs.

    • Dr. Cox: What is it with friends and the whole wanting to be in your life thing.
      J.D.: It's selfish, is what it is.

    • Turk: See, when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Matthew...2:10.
      J.D.: Dude, that's just the big Christmas tree in Miller Park.

    • Turk: It was a miracle! First of all, the man was damn-near dead; then he comes out!
      J.D.: Oh, you're ridiculous.
      Turk: He was damn-near- J.D., I'm telling you, it was a miracle!
      J.D.: It was not a miracle!
      Turk: Yes it was a miracle! Dude!
      J.D.'s Narration: I kind of envy Turk - to be that sure of something, to have that faith - of course, that doesn't mean I don't love busting him about it.

    • J.D.: I assume you want something.
      Dr. Cox: Easy; nobody likes a cranky punching bag. And yes, it's about a patient - pretty good friend of mine, actually.
      J.D.'s Narration: Wow. I guess that means he respects me a little.
      Dr. Cox: Hey, Randy, Jackie, whatta ya say? This is the monkey I got to videotape the birth.
      J.D.'s Narration: I hate him.

    • Dr. Cox: Newbie, stay! Ohh, what a good boy you are... Dear God, Judy, how much product do ya use?
      J.D.: None! It's like this when I wake up.
      Dr. Cox: Yeah. Quick tip, there, sports-star - when you're defensive about your feminine side, it just makes you seem more girly.

    • Elliot: Dr. Kelso, I need to present a patient: Nineteen year old complaining of abdominal pain - turns out she's at least eight months pregnant. I'm just gonna let one of the Family Practice people handle it.
      Dr. Kelso: Well, that sounds like a wonderful idea, sweetheart; except I heard your smart-aleck remark a second ago, so why don't you just keep your little pregnant girl. It'll be good practice for you, since you'll probably end up in a female specialty, anyway.
      Elliot: What do you mean by that? I'm Internal Medicine.
      Dr. Kelso: Well, of course you are. But numbers don't lie, and most women end up in ON-GYN, Family Practice, or Pediatrics. It's like a rip-tide, sweetheart - pulling and pulling, and you can swim against the current all you want; but when Mr. Stork comes a-calling, you're not gonna be thinking, "I'm Internal Medicine" - nope. It's gonna be, "Ohhhh, look at the baby!"
      Elliot: Sir, I have to say, I'm offended!
      Dr. Kelso. Oh, no. Now I have to go buy flowers to make it right.

    • Elliot: I understand that you took a cab all the way down here - that doesn't mean that I can give you Vicodin because your teeth are itchy.

    • Laverne: Are you aware that you are in everyone's way?
      J.D.: Everyone's way? Or your way? Think about it.

    • Dr. Cox: So baby Charlie is the bald one?
      Jordan: Yeah. He wouldn't be smiling so much if he knew how ugly his parents were.
      Dr. Cox: (Laughing) You're a sexy bitch.
      Jordan: Thanks.

    • J.D.'s narration: And then something amazing happened - they connected. And all the hatred they had for each other was suddenly focused on me!
      Jordan: Excuse me, Sally Sensitive, I don't remember asking you anything. Your mom's aware that she'll eventually have to stop the breast-feeding, right?

    • J.D.'s narration: Oh, God, his ex-wife. The tension actually hurts. You have to break it; say something, anything!
      J.D.: Banana hammock!
      Dr. Cox: I'm betting your ability to thrive under pressure is what drove you to medicine.

    • J.D.: That's fine; we all have our beliefs. I, for instance, carry around this tiny little Monopoly piece for good luck.
      Turk: Did you just compare my Lord and Savior to a tiny top-hat?
      Carla: He did. I heard him, Baby. Go get him.
      J.D.: Oh, excuse me, Nurse Theresa, have you ever read the Bible?
      Carla: I started it...but then I skipped to the end and it ruined it for me.

    • Dr. Kelso: You know, I don't want to sound insensitive, but why don't these people have any money?
      Elliot: Uh...I don't know, sir. They probably waste it all

    • J.D.: Who put this up!?
      Janitor: I did. I drove around the whole city before my 5 a.m. shift just... looking for that - trying to add a little cheer.
      J.D.: I was just trying to -
      Janitor: Oh, I know exactly what you're trying to do. But you will not ruin my Christmas. Not again. Not this year.
      J.D.: But I've only worked here for three months.

    • Carla: (To Turk) You better hurry up, mass starts in fifteen minutes.
      Turk: I'm not going.
      J.D.: Great, can I go back to bed? I'm kidding. Let's do it! I wanna get me some of them church crackers!

    • Dr. Cox: Newbie, I always punch the tabs out of my tapes so there's no possible way they can be recorded over, so pa-lease tell you didn't use the tape that was already in the camera.
      J.D.: Banana hammock.
      Dr. Cox: So another words, there is no permanent historical record of the birth of my friend's baby?
      J.D.: Well, you know, I think that the baby itself would serve as proof that, you know, born.
      Dr. Cox: You don't understand what you've done. My ex-wife is probably going to hold this over my head so long that I doubt I'll ever see the sun again, and I liked the sun newbie. It make me hopeful.
      J.D.: Well I was there so, you know, I could certainly jot down some of my feelings and impressions.

    • J.D.: Did you go see baby Charlie yet?
      Dr. Cox:: No, I was actually just planning on doing that - never.
      J.D.: You're such a special friend.
      Dr. Cox: Oh gosh Margery, aren't you sassy today. Did Santa finally bring you that Y-chromosome you always wanted.
      J.D.: What's your problem anyway?
      Dr. Cox: For starters I hate Christmas.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: December 26, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Title Explanation: "My Own Personal Jesus" refers to Turk's faith, and how it was gone, but then came back after finding the pregnant woman.

    • In the middle of the episode Elliot says her patient has HELLP syndrome, an abbreviation of Hemolytic anemia Elevated Liver enzymes and Low Platelet count, which is a life-threatening obstetric complication considered by many to be a variant of pre-eclampsia. Both conditions occur during the latter stages of pregnancy, or sometimes after childbirth.


    • The Grinch:
      While discussing Dr. Cox's proximity to his friends, there's a shot of him playing the Grinch.

      The Grinch is a popular cartoon character created by Dr. Seuss that is an unpleasant "Who-hating" grouch and is always out to ruin something.

    • Orson Welles:
      Jordan: (Talking to J.D.) You made some interesting choices with the camera, Orson.

      Orson Welles was an American theatre, radio and film screenwriter, producer, director and actor, who gained wide notoriety for his October 30, 1938 radio broadcast of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. Adapted to sound like a contemporary news broadcast, it panicked a large number of listeners.

    • Fast Times at Ridgemont High:
      J.D.'s fantasy of Nurse Tisdale walking down the hall in a red bikini is a nod to Phoebe Cates' stroll out of the pool in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a 1982 teen-comedy film written by Cameron Crowe that follows a school year in the lives of two freshman students.

    • Happy Days:
      In J.D.'s fantasy about him magically awakening the coma patient he is Arthur Fonzarelli (Fonzie), originally played by Henry Winkler, from the sitcom "Happy Days".

    • A Christmas Carol:
      J.D.: God bless us, every one.

      What J.D. says is an allusion to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Tiny Tim says it at the end when everyone is brought together.

    • The title of the episode, "My Own Personal Jesus" is a reference to the song, "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode.